The works, entitled I Elude You (2019) and Untitled 4 (2019), are by two Emirati artists: Ayesha Hadhir and Fatima Albudoor. “As the capital of the UAE, and a centre for cultural development and humanitarian outreach, Abu Dhabi is a key part of Christie’s work in the region,” says Caroline Louca-Kirkland, Managing Director, Christie's Middle East.
“We are delighted to be contributing two artworks to be auctioned for the nominated charities and Hugh Edmeades is one of our most sought-after charity auctioneers with more than 35 years of experience – he will use his decades of skill as a Christie’s auctioneer to raise the maximum amount possible for the charities supported by the Abu Dhabi Dream Ball.”
Fatima Albudoor. I Elude You. 2019. Screenprint on cotton. 66x68cm
Courtesy of the artist and Christie's
Christie’s Dubai was in fact founded during one of the largest charity auctions in the Middle East in May 2004. The event at the Camel Caravan charity auction raised AED 4.7 million and the lead auctioneer was Hugh Edmeades, who is also conducting the Abu Dhabi Dream Ball live auction.
“Through Christie’s regional office in the UAE, our network of consultants throughout the region, and as we have held regular auctions in Dubai for almost 20 years, Christie’s has become the auctioneer of choice in the region,” says Louca-Kirkland. “It’s been our pleasure to lend a helping hand to many worthwhile causes during the past 15 years, through which more than $30 million has been raised for a range of charities.”
Hosted by Sawtouna, the second edition of the Abu Dhabi Dream Ball will be held on Thursday 23rd of January 2020 at Emirates Palace in support of UNHCR‘s initiative in Lebanon to increase access to primary healthcare for Syrian refugees. This includes preventive and curative consultations, vaccines, essential medication for acute disorders & chronic illnesses, and mental health services. The 2020 edition of the Abu Dhabi Dream Ball is presented by Etihad Airways.
Tickets and tables to the 2020 Abu Dhabi Dream Ball are available for purchase via 800 Tickets. All proceeds from ticket and table sales will be directed towards the UNHCR's efforts in Lebanon.
To see the complete list of auction items at the Abu Dhabi Dream Ball, click here.